Posts Tagged ‘hook’


I have more than enough WIPs and computer upkeep to keep me busy, but I just couldn’t resist a few little projects.  They are entertaining until all those little ends catch up with you! 

Hopefully people are managing with the error in color scheme for the Through Any Window Baby Blanket Tutorial.  The corrected tutorial is slowly coming together. 

This tan Crochet Headband, below, consists of a few easily crocheted flowers.  The pattern calls for four motifs, but I threw in one more as a tiny bit of procrastination.  Since each motif was made individually, all those loose ends were no fun. 

The pattern directs you to leave a ten inch tail when you finish off, which is then used to connect the motifs.  Next time I crochet this headband I would just slip stitch across a ch-5 loop for a quicker, join-as-you-go assembly. 


Just like the Elizabeth headband I made last Christmas, the wrong side almost makes this headband reversible.  Each flower petal is a cluster of double crochet stitches which bulge on the bottom side. 

Mandi of On Hooks and Needles made a pretty green cotton version back in May 2007.  Mine is made of some scrap Red Heart Super Saver in Cashmere. 

Andrea’s “Woven” Dishcloth gives the stitch multiple so you can easily customize the dishcloth size.  I used a starting chain of twenty-six with a size F hook.  The actual dishcloth measures 6″x 6″.  I also replaced the double crochet stitches in Row 1 for half double crochet stitches. 

This dishcloth packs a lot of cotton in a little square.  Back and front post stitches are alternated in each row with a tight gauge.  This results in a tough, durable structure and a nice, bumpy texture. 

Andrea has a blog contest running until 2pm CT, March 23rd.  To enter the contest, make up the mystery pattern and e-mail her a description and/or picture.  Even if you can’t participate, check out her blog after the deadline to vote for the best entry! 

Also, check out her review of A Whole Load of Craft along with a short interview about my crafty beginnings.

*That’s cool* a random fact

The Pink and White Lady Slipper (cypriedium reginae), illegal to pick in Minnesota, takes over a decade to produce it’s first flower.

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I finally settled on a shawl pattern from the Spring/Summer 1977 edition of Good Housekeeping Needlecraft.  There’s no picture of the magazine on the Internet that I can find, but the cover looks similar to a picture on Flickr.  I’ll get a snapshot of my copy posted later on.

I’m halfway through the first part of the center panel and I really like the way the shawl is coming together.  You make three circles and two oval shapes chained together in four rounds and then a mesh is crocheted around the motif. 

The pattern is called the Doily Shawl and I’d rate the difficulty as advanced for the odd directions and construction.  When I first saw the project photo, it reminded me of the Wild Rose Shawl from the cover of the Winter 2007 Interweave Crochet, minus the flowers. 

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This is the product of my first thread crochet stint way back in February 2007.  My Grandma graciously gave me her thread crochet hook collection when I told her I had a project in mind, but no supplies.  Not only did she donate her steel crochet hooks to my craft cause, she gave me some of her stashed crochet thread to get started. 

I made a bunch of bookmarks from that thread and as a thank you I sent her one of the them.  This is how my Grandma keeps the bookmark today, hung over her lamp.  I snapped a pic when I visited her in December.   

I don’t think I’m the thread crochet type.  The tiny string makes it hard to keep the right tension, especially the shiny kinds.  Even if I personally don’t absolutely love thread,  I still ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at the multitude of doiles harbored on Flickr.  I guess I’m a prime canidate for those doily baby blankets.

The pattern for the Columbine bookmark above is currently unavailable as far as I can tell.  Every link I try has a “Oops!  Error” slogan.  Lucky me, I have a copy from those luxurious days when my printer still worked.  There was another bookmark I made at the same time called the Star Flower.  The pattern for that is available at Craft Bits (thank you Ravelry pattern search!)

I got curious and searched Crochetville for my orignal post.  This was way before I ever thought about keeping a crochet blog and I had just joined the ‘Ville.  You can still see my Crochetville post from way back when, complete with original fuzzy bookmark pictures.  I got a kick out of revisiting the post and believe it or not, Riohnna was the first comment!

*That’s cool* a random fact

Mick Jagger wanted the part of Dr. Frank N. Furter in the film verion of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Here in the San Juan Islands we got a few humble inches of the white winter stuff today.  The snow covered almost every surface, just not very well.  It’s good for packing though.  If there’s more snow tomorrow I want to make a snowman.  There should be enough to make a little one. 

I’ve been on a short hiatus from the actual act of crocheting and with my hooks on vacation and all, I took them outside to enjoy the view. 

I am busy with crochet related business though, organizing the testing session for my new free granny blanket pattern.  You can read the thread on Crochetville and see what the testers have swatched. 

If you’re just itching for a granny square blanket and can’t wait for the free pattern to turn up, give these a gander:  

Microspun version on the Lion Brand website has a similar color scheme. 

For giant granny square worked in the round with a shell border try the Large Granny Square Blankie by Lisa Wolf at Bev’s Country Cottage

In other news the snow completely covered the Christmas – ahem – holiday lights that are coiled around the deck.  Little by little they melted quarter sized circles all along the deck.  Scientifically speaking, it was interesting to see how much snow a little bulb could melt but I didn’t give it much attention.  

Then at dusk I saw that the light illuminated the snow surrounding the bulb and it looked like a bunch of tiny glowing votives.  They seem very cozy in their little snow caves. 


*That’s cool* a random fact

Thomas Edison tried over 1,500 different materials for the filament in his first lightbulb including fishing line, coconut fibers and hair taken from a friend’s beard. 

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Meme tagapalooza

Crafty Christina tagged me!  (Has anyone noticed that she is a commenting machine lately?)

38 things about me that you may or may not want to know.

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night?

My Jack Russell terrier, Biscuit.  She’s eleven years old and couldn’t jump onto the couch so she kept doing this half-hearted hop until I scooped her up.  She thanked me by laying all over my crochet blanket wip.  She needs one of those Doggie Steps I guess.

2. What were you doing at 0800?

Zzz…  I’m a night owl.
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?

Looking for my lost size I crochet hook.  All I found were dust bunnies and a ball point pen.

 4. What happened to you in 2006?

I played Guitar Hero for the first time in a Best Buy.  They had special chairs and a 60 inch widescreen tv.  Somehow playing at home isn’t quite the same.

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?

“Where’s my crochet hook?” 

6. How many beverages did you have today?

Three: Diet coke, Gold Peak ice tea(the best!) and ice water.  I like my drinks cold… brrr!

7. What color is your hairbrush?

Pink, one of those Ouchless Breast Cancer Awareness brushes by Goody.

8. What was the last thing you paid for?

A size I Boyle brand crochet hook from Poppies for $2.25 plus tax. 

9. Where were you last night?

The Village Stop.

10. What color is your front door?

Dark wood.

11. Where do you keep your change?

My pink piggy bank.  

12. What’s the weather like today?

Mostly cloudy with sprinkles of liquid sunshine.

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?

Spumoni, especially when the red part is rum flavor.

14. What excites you?

A few hours at a really big Barnes and Noble in a big leather chair with a gingerbread iced coffee in my hand and stacks of crochet books at my feet.  There are no Barnes and Noble chains in the San Juan Islands so this is a very rare occasion. 

15. Do you want to cut your hair?

Need or want?  I need a trim, but I’d rather not.

16. Are you over the age of 25?

I’m still in the 18-24 bracket.  I can buy hard a, but I still can’t rent a car. 

17. Do you talk a lot?

Yes, when on the phone.  Sorry phone people. 

18. Do you watch the O.C.?

One day I might. 

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?

Not currently.  My deskmate in fourth grade was named Steven.  He used to drag a dirty pencil eraser across his eyeball.  Otherwise he was very nice.

20. Do you make up your own words?

Rarely.  I mostly leave that up to Jim Halpert.

21. Are you a jealous person?

About Ravelry yarn stashes?  Then yes. 

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter “A”.

Aimee.  I used to forget where the “I” went. 

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.

Katie, also known as Katiekins and Katydid.

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?

My 24 yr old cousin Erika who lives in Seattle.  She tried to get me to agree to watch the tv series Heroes and I tried to get her to join Second Life so we can go see a movie together, but not together.  We both are not budging.   

25. What does the last text message you received say?

“@ $1.50 movies- jealous?”  The Gateway Mall in Springfield, Oregon has a $1.50 movie theater.  A pickle costs $3.00 there.  And yes, I was jealous. 

26. Do you chew on your straw?

No, but I resist the urge to gnaw on Styrofoam cups.  I must have been a hamster in my last life.    

27. Do you have curly hair?

Ringlets, but only when it rains.

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?

Off island.  Burlington doesn’t have a Barnes and Noble either.   

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?

My 21 yr old brother.  He enjoys demonstrating the finer points of a satisfying burp.

30. What was the last thing you ate?

Carbonnara, spinach salad, garlic bread, and butter pecan ice cream.

31. Will you get married in the future? 

My magic eight ball says “ask again later”.  

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?

28 Weeks Later.  It’s just a tad gory. 

33. Is there anyone you like right now?

Like-like, or just like? 

34. When was the last time you did the dishes?

Um, I recycled my Gold Peak iced tea bottle today.  Does that count? 

35. Are you currently depressed?


36. Did you cry today?

Not a crier.   

37. Why did you answer and post this?

I was compelled by blog karma.

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.

Wormie, EvaRinaAlyssa, Alma

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