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Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

So......

My adventures in filet crochet have got me thinking about all things crochet. Specifically, a bigger handle for my teeny tiny #7 steel crochet hook. I have been seeing the polymer clay crochet hook handles and have been contemplating trying those.

Let's face it, I'm not getting any younger and my hands really complain about holding on to the tiny #7 steel hook that I use to filet crochet with. So I've been looking for a way to make a bigger handle so I can hold on to it and not stress out my hand so much.

I found this at JoAnn's:



Nice idea but....I could not get the hang of it to save my life! I tried, I really really wanted it to work. I felt like I had 10 thumbs, I kept dropping stitches, it was a mess.

I have seen the beautiful polymer clay crochet hook handles around the nets and they are very beautiful but the last thing I need right now is to be buying supplies for a whole new craft venture, not to mention the time it would take away from my designing and crocheting (but don't think for a minute that I will forget this little gem of an idea, its not totally off the drawing board)

So in my search around Googleland, I ran across this idea:


Yep, it's exactly what it looks like. MY CROCHET HOOK INSIDE A PEN!!! When I saw the pictures, I was, to say it mildly, very skeptical.  I thought, no way! Well, of course I had a pen laying on my desk so I took it apart and slid my hook inside, put the cap back on and BAM! I have a new handle for my crochet hook.

It's just big enough to fit comfortably in my hand, has a rubber grip on it and it's very light. I tried a row of crochet on the project I am currently working on, and it works like a charm!

If you're anything like me, I love pens. I mean I LOVE pens. I collect them. It's a shameless habit, but what can I say. Anyway, the prettier ones I save even when they run out of ink. The hamster on the wheel in my head is working over time.......    


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Filet Crochet PRINT BOOK Now Available!!

I can now offer my filet crochet Western Themes book as a printed book! Its in my Etsy Shop, check it out!

It is 11 pages, printed both sides of the paper and in COLOR! It includes images of what the finished projects could look like, 9 patterns, a page of blank graph paper, and tutorials on doing 3dc mesh and 4dc mesh. It has a clear plastic front cover and back cover and a sturdy plastic binder. It will be mailed out 1st class postage with delivery confirmation in a 9x12 clasp envelope.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New patterns up...

I started a series of baby bibs. Not sure if I'm going to make a book out of these or not. This first one I did Row-by-Row instructions for it. That is a process that takes a long, long, time to do but people seem to like them.



Baptism Bib in Etsy

Messing around in my graphics program...


Thursday, March 21, 2013

NOW AVAILABLE: Custom step-by-step instructions for my patterns.



I can now do custom instructions--made to order--for most of my patterns.

Unfortunately, the only place this is available is in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New patterns up in the stores!!

Whew, its been a productive day. I've uploaded 8 new patterns in my shops today!!

I've started a new series of stained glass patterns. I'm very excited about these and I think they are coming out beautiful.

Check em out!

As always they can be found at:

Etsy
Ravelry



Patterns now available in one PDF!

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks??

Ive learned how to merge my PDF's into one so now instead of downloading multiple files when you buy one of my patterns, you will get ONE download with all the files combined.


Pretty cool, right?



Newest chart up in the shops...Lil Cowpoke


This chart measures 144 blocks wide by 111 blocks high

And can be found at:

Etsy
Ravelry
Craftsy






New pattern up in the shops!



You can find it and all my other patterns here:

Ravelry
Etsy
and my newest store Craftsy

And as with all my patterns it's just $5.00!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Complete Alphabet Motif for the Price of 1

Hey everyone,

In the interest of saving space in both my Ravelry and Etsy stores, I have decided to combine my Alphabet Motif patterns in to one PDF download.

The best part is, ITS STILL JUST $5.00!

So if you wanted to get a couple of Alphabet Letters Motif and did not want to buy them separately, now you can get the complete file for $5.00

You can find them at my Ravelry Store or at my Etsy Store

As always.........Happy Stitching!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Gauge Swatches

When looking at filet crochet patterns, I have trouble imagining how big the finished piece might be. I know that I crochet loosely and I already use a hook 1 size smaller than the pattern calls for, but I still have trouble picturing how big the finished piece might be. So I came up with this idea.

Make a gauge swatch book!

  1. Crochet a 10 x 10 block swatch.
  2. Use double sided tape, and tape it to a piece of card stock.
  3. Write down, under each swatch, pertinent information. Like the hook you used, the yarn size and what medium you used ie: 3 dc mesh or 4 dc mesh.
  4. Make swatches for each medium and needle that you work with. Different size yarns, threads and hooks.
  5. Put your swatch sheets in a clear sheet protector and even put them in a binder.

The next time you are perusing patterns, pull out your gauge swatches so you will have an idea of the size your finished project might be!