Posted in Crochet, Free Patterns, That's Cool, tagged book, bookmark, chomosome, Crochet, free, pattern, Photography, pink, sperm, thong, tutorial on March 25, 2008 |
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Doesn’t the picture above look like a crochet spermatozoom, perhaps carrying a tiny X chromosome? (And, yes, I did have to look up the singular form of ‘sperm’.)
Anyway, Val over at Yarni Gras! has this great tutorial for making marble-enclosed book thongs. Her Crocheted Bookmark calls for yarn and a size F hook. I like this supply list because not all crocheters have a plethora of steel hooks and crochet thread at their disposal.
I used Babysoft in bubblegum, a clear marble and a size C hook. With a much smaller hook than gauge, the decreases make lacy holes. You can see the upper half of my bookmark has some open work because of this.
I was surprised how fast this book thong worked up. With the tutorial pictures, the pattern is very easy to understand. If you’re looking for more bookmarks, Val also has an owl and a blowfish/peep pattern, too.
*That’s cool* a random fact
Virtually all the scripts of the unsuccessful sitcom “Hey, Landlord” (1966) were eventually rewritten as scripts for “Laverne & Shirley” (1976).
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Posted in General, tagged , african, chive, cushion, flower, green, happy meal, horizon, landscape, leaf, Mc Donalds, pin, pink, sun, tomato, violet on December 20, 2007 |
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Look how dark the landscape is! This was around ten in the morning and the water was almost black. The sun is hiding somewhere behind that big gray cloud. The horizon isn’t level, but considering I was on the car deck of a very rocky ferry boat I’ll consider it a win. Wow, was this boat rocky! Usually there’s just a slight sway or nothing at all but this ferry ride caught every wave. Bleh.
So I went off island to visit my grandma in Salem with my mom. We had some business to take care of regarding my late uncle. (Thanks for the comments everybody.)
Below is her tomato pincushion complete with pointy needles. She is an excellent quilter currently working on an applique project. I felt the need to picture this veggie in it’s natural habitat. See the purple plant in the background?
My grandma is an African violet aficionado. She has over twenty blooming in her room of all different colors. They are all lined up on the window sill, soaking in the few light rays Oregon has to offer. Her secret technique is watering them from the bottom with hot water.
In first grade I got a little chive seedling from Mc Donald’s. Weird, huh? I wonder if they’ll ever bring the gardening theme back to Happy Meals.
Anyway, I grew it with my mom on the dining room window sill. When it outgrew its tiny pot the chive plant went live on my grandparent’s farm in Yamhill. My grandma planted it in her garden and kept it alive for about ten years. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like fostering a Mc Donald’s chive plant for a decade.
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Posted in Crochet, Free Patterns, tagged baby, band, blanket, bobble, christmas, circle, Crochet, easy, family, free, gift, head, headband, pattern, patterns, pink, purple, spring, yarn on December 15, 2007 |
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I made a bunch of these headbands for quick Christmas presents. The purple one is the Elizabeth headband from Nadia’s Crochet free elegant crochet headbands web page. I used stash yarn for this but I’m pretty sure it is Red Heart Super Saver. The headband was really quick project with worsted weight yarn. Weaving in the ends probably took as much time as the actual project. Plus, the wrong side has a bobble look to it that I like.
The pink headband was from Family Circle Easy Crochet Spring 2007. I used left over yarn from my Through Any Window Baby Blanket. This one took about three times as much crocheting since it calls for a size F crochet hook and DK weight yarn. However, the shells were a repeating pattern and it was pretty easy to memorize.
Now I’m off to frantically crochet more Christmas gifts. I am seriously behind!
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Posted in Crochet, tagged autumn, baby soft, Crochet, flower garden scarf, flower motif, Lion Brand, navy, pink, stitch n' bitch, summer on October 17, 2007 |
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The sun is out today! Seriously a picture perfect autumn day. I walked the dog around town and spotted a hand-knit grey hat and a crochet scarf. Yarn projects are finally out and about.
In other news, my flower motif baby blanket finally saw the light of day. The motifs are from the Flower Garden Scarf, available in the comprehensive Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Happy Hooker. To make the blanket, assemble just as the scarf is made. On the second row, continue assembling as normal except attach the previous strip also. For this blanket I made a diagonal appearance by starting on the second motif in the scarf series on the second row, the third motif on the third row and so on.
I made the blanket this summer with yarn from my stash which was perfect since it was light and airy. (For that reason I suppose that I’ll have to wait until late spring to gift this particular item.) If I made this blanket again I would only make solid color motifs. Those little circles doubled my time weaving in ends!
The yarn is stitched in Lion Brand Baby Soft in white and bubblegum and an unknown navy of the same weight with an f hook. I have never seen a Baby Soft navy available in stores, but it apparently is out there. On the Lion Brand site they list Baby Soft colors I have never laid eyes on, for example the black, pistachio and lemon drop. Where do I get those colors?
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