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“Amazing” Crochet Ribbed Scarf ~ Working in the BLO

“Amazing” Crochet Ribbed Scarf ~ Working in the BLO

Last fall, I got the bright idea to crochet a vest. Well, as it turned out, I was a bit over optimistic about my crocheting and pattern reading abilities.  The whole thing, from start to finish, was one big fiasco. Most of my time was spent ripping out stitches and starting over. I could only bring myself to work on the vest occasionally, because every attempt was so darn frustrating. I’m […]

By July 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Perfect Potholder ~ Thermal Crochet Stitch

The Perfect Potholder ~ Thermal Crochet Stitch

When I posted my Single Crochet Potholder, I thought I had found a really great potholder pattern. However, trying to crochet the two layers together was a pain. I thought there must be some way to create a thick stitch for a potholder. After a little searching , I discovered the thermal stitch. This stitch makes a nice thick potholder in a single layer. I now have my […]

By June 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
DIY – Nautical Knot Doormat

DIY – Nautical Knot Doormat

My friend Margie has these wonderful Nautical Knot Doormats scattered throughout her house. She makes them herself out of recycled climbing rope. Pretty ingenious! Margie and I have talked for a long time about getting together and making one. Well, we finally made it happen. This is a great project to do with a friend. Margie and I had a […]

By June 16, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Crochet ~ Fruit Hot Pads

Crochet ~ Fruit Hot Pads

Now that my job has ended for the summer,  I have time to catch up on posting some of the crochet projects that I finished over the past few months.  ~ After teaching myself how to crochet circles, I made some, fruit hot pads. They are as cute as can be! My kitchen has a fruit and veggie theme going […]

By June 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Making a Beginner Quilt Runner

Making a Beginner Quilt Runner

The top of the dresser in my office is always plied high with projects, papers, and books. I’ve been protecting the top of the dresser with a simple piece of fabric. This works, but it’s not a very polished look. So, I decided to try my hand at quilting a little runner.  Not being a quilter, I thought I had better […]

By March 7, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Beginner Crochet: Circles

Beginner Crochet: Circles

When I wanted information on how to crochet a flat circle, I turned to YouTube. The videos that I watched explained how a flat circle is made by crocheting concentric rows or rounds. Each round is increased by the number of stitches that are in the beginning round. This sounds confusing, but is really very simple once you get started. Single Crochet Circle.  I […]

By January 10, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Dyeing Silk Scarves ~ What Fun!

Dyeing Silk Scarves ~ What Fun!

This past week my crafting friend Margie called to say she and her friend Mary were going to dye silk scarves. She asked, would I like to photograph it for a blog. I said, yes, I would love to! As it turned out, not only did I get material for a blog, I got to paint a scarf. When Mary […]

By December 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Beginner, Crochet String Bag

Beginner, Crochet String Bag

I thought this Provence Summer String Bag designed by Kathy North would be good project for learning how to read a crochet pattern. Kathy has written complete, easy to follow row by row instructions as well as included a diagram pattern. The instructions and pattern are available on line. Kathy recommends using Classic Elite mercerized cotton yarn. I was not sure if […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Beginner, Double Crochet Scarf

Beginner, Double Crochet Scarf

I’m delighted to have the time to return to posting projects and recipes on my site. Last month “real life”  matters took priority over my website. I’m sure this will occur from time to time. In August, I had just started my next crochet project when I had to make a trip to Ohio. Usually, I spend any down time on a trip reading. […]

By September 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Beginner Crochet: Half Double, Double, and Treble Crochet

Beginner Crochet: Half Double, Double, and Treble Crochet

After making my Beginner Single Crochet Potholder, I have the single crochet stitch down pat. I’m ready to move on to half double, double and triple crochet. I’ve found two excellent series of videos that cover beginner basic crochet stitches. One is Beth’s Back to Basics series from Bethintx1. The other is Deja Jetmir’s Beginner Crochet Videos […]

By July 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Beginner, Single Crochet Potholder

Beginner, Single Crochet Potholder

I wanted to practice my crocheting by making something useful. So, I picked this potholder as a project to follow my post, Beginner Crochet: Slip Knot, Chaining, Single Crochet. I’m glad I decided to make this potholder. By crocheting the potholder I learned how to make the first and the last stitch in a row of single crochet, how to count the […]

By June 28, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Beginner Crochet: Slip Knot, Chaining, Single Crochet

Beginner Crochet: Slip Knot, Chaining, Single Crochet

A few years ago I taught myself how to crochet by watching YouTube videos. I learned the basic stitches and crocheted a few simple items. However, I stopped before I learned how to read patterns. I really did enjoy crocheting, so I’m going to refresh myself with the basics and then continue on to learn how to read […]

By June 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →