Monday, December 24, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
It has been a lifetime since I've posted
I've missed the connection to many who love to do what I do.... crochet. I've battled Stage III Breast Cancer and won the battle. I put many things "on hold" to focus on winning the battle of a lifetime, and at one point couldn't crochet. I stopped blogging. I stopped attending group meet-ups. I stopped going out in public. But the need to create, as much a creative outlet as therapy, has continued on and here I am, hoping to continue my love for crochet in this public form, my blog. My designing days are but a dream and my focus will be my continued passion to shower the people I love with crochet gifts. And perhaps make some things for myself.
I purchased this lovely yarn from a yarn shop I found in Prior Lake, Minnesota.
Twisted Loop located in the Prior Lake Library Building
16210 Eagle Creek Avenue
Prior Lake, MN 55372
I promise to show a picture when the baby dress is done and perhaps some of the other WIPs I have going on. Thanks for stopping by the Knotty Generation!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Knit & Crochet Designers with a Hearts of Gold
I’m overwhelmed with the power of kindness, the thought that each of these fabulous knit and crochet designers put such care and meaning behind each stitch, each square, has lifted my spirits and warmed my heart.
I am amazed and inspired by each twisting cable these beautiful hands created. Each square is intricate, unique; an astonishing example of the skilled work of talented knit and crochet designers, that I am so incredibly lucky to be acquainted with.
My battle with cancer has brought folks to me in such caring ways, I’m humbled by it all.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you dear sweet designers with hearts of gold.
Amie Bentley http://www.nexstitch.com/
Annie Modesitt http://modeknit.com/
Amy O’Neil Houckwww.thehookandi.com
Annette Petavy www.annettepetavy.com
Tammy Hildebrand www.naturallycaron.com/designer_studio/tammy_hildebrand.html
Vashti Braha www.designingvashti.com
Kristin Omdahl www.styledbykristin.com
Robyn Chachula http://www.crochetbyfaye.com
Bendy Carter www.publishedauthors.net/bendy
Dee Stanziano www.crochetingwithdee.com
Karen Whooley http://krwknitwear.com/
Tracie Barrett http://www.fibersbytracie.com/
Gwen Blakley Kinsler www.crochetqueen.com
Margaret Hubert www.margaretshooksandneedles.blogspot.com
Doris Chan http://doriseverydaycrochet.blogspot.com/
Mary Beth Temple www.marybethtemple.com
Angela Best http://lavonneknotjustknits.com
Jill Hanratty www.thisiscrochet.com/blog/2010/11/15/new-book-plus-sizehttp://www.myshelf.com/howto/10/crochetcoats.htm
Drew Emborsky http://blog.thecrochetdude.com/
Mary Jane Hall http://positivelycrochet.blogspot.com/
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Hats from Ravelry Friends - Halloween Edition
Norah from Washington
Debra from Virgina
The woman of Ravelry are out there to put a smile on my face and keep me warm. I received a box from Anne Marie, with another shipment of the greatest hats. I wore the Witch Hat on Halloween and the day after. I'm so humbled by the love and support.
Anne Marie's Witch Hat (without hair)
Here is 'no hat'. For those that might have known me (by blogging or otherwise) I had long brown hair, it's all gone. Chemo has taken it away, but I'm ok with that. I'm 1/2 way done with chemo, last chemo is Dec. 22. Then I start 7 weeks of radiation. By March 2011 I should be done with treatments and on the road to recovery, and then be growing my hair back.
Thanks to the Ravlery group for the hats, you've made my day (a couple times!) -Pam
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Hats from Ravelry Friends
Diane from Connecticut
Ellen from California
Susan from Arizona
Sherry from Virginia
All woman crafters. All like me, they see the world a better place by being nice.
This is their Rav Group Details:
Know someone who could use a lift? We do! Crochet a cap for a fellow Rav friend and make their day.
Sometimes charity begins at home! Many of you know Pam Gillette who is Knotty Generation through her blog and her wonderful crochet designs. Pam discovered last month that she has stage 3 breast cancer. We thought it would be nice if her Rav friends crocheted some “fun” caps that she could wear while she’s in treatment--a way to lift her spirits and get her through recovery.
Knitters and crocheters are a giving group, often working for charity and forgetting ourselves. Here’s a chance to give back to a fellow Raveler. Once Pam is on the mend, or even while she is ON the mend, there may be another Raveler who can use a similar thoughtful gesture. Let’s see where this goes!
This is what I wrote on the Raverly site where these women formed to begin a campaign to help folks like me, a Raverly member needing a hug, in the form of a hand made warm hat to cover a chemo induced bald head.
I can not begin to write how I feel right now, but I will try.
Today, a beautifully wrapped pink package, with a cream satin bow, hardly able to unwrap because it is beauty itself. Once unwrapped and the contents shown, tears filled my eyes from friends hardly known, but today I know you … you are just like me. We are “every woman”, we are crafters, we care, we love, we are not afraid to show it, this is how the entire world should be.
I am so blessed to have your thoughts and now your beautiful work, thank you, thank you, thank you.
A very thankful and blessed,
-Pam Gillette from Knotty Generation
Monday, October 11, 2010
Crochet Baby Winter Dress
I crochet gifts because it makes me feel good
This classic cream color Baby Winter Dress is for a special co-worker who is having a baby soon. This is my own design, I've done several variations, some as cardigan button up and some as pullover with front ties. (Right now, the pattern is not tested and is not for sale.)
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Crocheting through Chemo Session #2
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Crocheting through chemo
Sunday, September 12, 2010
On an extended break
Friday, May 07, 2010
This moment makes it all worth while
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Another gift she gave us was crocheted turkeys for Thanksgiving that when you squeezed their belly, they "pooped" out M&M candy. It was a hoot, she had an opening in the back of the turkey body that you could fill with M&M's, my boys laughed until they cried.
I've lost track of her over the years, but still think of her. Her name was Carolyn. She always had a seasonal crochet gift for my me and my boys. If you are reading this blog post, thanks Carolyn for all the cute gifts. We've kept them all and put them out every season and think of your kindness.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Itty Bitty Crochet Hearts
Itty Bitty Crochet Hearts
H-8 (5mm) crochet hook and worsted weight yarn used in this sample
but you could use any weight yarn and appropriate hook.
Row 1: In first chain, work 6 sc, sl st to form circle, ch 2 for turning ch. Pull yarn tail to tighten circle.
Row 2: work 2 dc into first st, sc next 2 sts, work [1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc] to next st, (forms bottom of heart) sc next 2 sts, work 2 dc into last st.
Fasten off and weave in end.
My gears are ticking thinking of ways to use these for Valentine's Day! Share your tips or ideas if you'd like!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I must make Teddy Bears!
.....but I'm going to stick with the Mother Bear Project pattern.
The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.
The simple gift of a hand-knit bear with a tag signed by the knitter has touched children with the message that they are unconditionally loved.
in this picture above it is folded in half,
it's long and covers me from toes to chin!
I'm revisiting my Baby Cable Sock pattern,
this has been on my "to finish" list for over a year.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I started with 2 rows of white zig-zag, then added green holly leaves with red berries, making up the pattern as I go. Attaching the leaves and berries makes the back side 'not so pretty', so I'm thinking of other options. In any case, this is an extremely satisfying project right now.
This will either go on the tree or drape on the fireplace mantle. I've also crocheted a few more Christmas angels with my left over white yarn and I'm thinking why didn't I start this sooner?!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Crochet Cable Scarf
I’m using my cable scarf crochet pattern for this double sided cable scarf. The pattern calls for a yarn weight 4 , worsted weight, and a G-6 (4mm) hook, but I'm using a bulky yarn in the yarn weight 5 category with a N-15 (10mm) hook, it works up super quick with that combo.
Every year, since my boys were in pre-school I’ve made scarves for their teachers for Christmas gifts. Just my little way of saying thank you. Scarves are such a great gift, no size issues and everyone can always use an extra scarf or two.
This particular project has been my yarn therapy for the last week, trying to knot away the worries of the world. Thanks for stopping by, to my knit and crochet friends, may your yarn never tangle and your tension remain even. -Pam
Monday, September 28, 2009
Little Bag with Wooly Stripes
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Crochet Summer Tops
It has been such a long time since I've blogged I almost forgot how. I have been working full time, with very little time for crochet, but I manged to get a few summer tops finished. The first top, cream colored button up, was a WIP forever! Not like the old days when I was an "at home Mom" and I could do a garment in 5 days. I miss being home, but I like my job and the money (I know that sounds bad, but it helps so much to have that income.)
Sorry I don't many details on the summer tops below, the only one with a pattern is "Cher" and the other two I didn't have time to fully test, most likely will not publish, my designing days are far and few between now.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out Knotty Generation.
Happy crocheting! -Pam
Top Down Summer Cardi - debating if I should add sleeves, the cap sleeve reminds me of Judy Jetson, I'm convinced that sleeves will make this even better. I used a DK weight yarn and both J/10-6mm and H/8- 5mm crochet hooks.
"Cher" - my design for Vickie Howell's book Pop Goes Crochet. I used Berroco Suede yarn in Color #3729 Zoro. Crochet hook J/10 - 6mm. The essential black vest.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Pop Goes Crochet - My design "Cher"
I could not wait for my 'comp' copy of the book, the anticipation was killing me! I just went to my local Barnes & Nobles and they had 1 copy left...I snatched it up and paged through that book until finally hitting page 119 and was THRILLED beyond words...Vickie ended up calling my vest design "Cher", it is in the * Rockers * section. How cool is that? The description was perfect; biker tough and sexy.
I'm a long time fan of Cher, both her style and music, did you know she rides a Harley? (or use to) I use to watch the Sonny & Cher show, loved those Bob Mackie gowns, loved the fact that Cher had a sense of humor, and uber long hair; yes she's been a complete and undeniable inspiration to me for years. Though I don't dress as flamboyant as Cher, I do love her tough-but-beautiful style.
YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK! It is has a bit on pop culture, some vintage photos of celebs wearing crochet, my two favs are Bob Marley and Janis Joplin. A few of my designer friends have design too, like Robyn Chachula, Mary Jane Hall, and Drew Emborsky (The Crochet Dude) There are a bunch of other crochet designers like Cecily Keim, M.K. Carroll, Kelly Deal, and the Stitch Diva, all present fabulously creative work, and then there is the crafty grrrl, Vickie Howell who made it all happen.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Pop Goes Crochet by Vickie Howell
I'm so excited about this book, not only do I love the funky designs from Vickie Howell... but I have a crochet design in this book! I'm also really excited that some of my crochet designer friends are also in this book.
I designed a low cut, fitted waist, snug vest, it fits tight like a corset. I used black yarn, and if you wear this vest alone, it takes on the "biker chick" vibe and then it can take on a Renaissance feel if you pair it with a billowy white blouse. It seems pretty versatile, which I totally love because some days I feel like a biker chick and some days I feel like a librarian. Go figure.
I had to keep the secret for so long, the wait is almost over, once I get my copy of the book I'll post more! A big thanks to Vickie Howell for taking a chance at an unknown crochet designer from Minnesota!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Knit Out and Crochet 2009 - Day 1 Random Shots
Cis from 3 Kittens Needle Arts, at their booth at the Knit Out.
Knit Out and Crochet 2009 - Day 1 Fashion Show
the Mall of America in Minnesota.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Shell Stitch Scarf Pattern
The cream colored scarf is worked with Mirasol Sulka yarn and an K-10 1/2 (6.5 mm) crochet hook.
The scarf in the middle I created using Twinkle Handknits Kid Mohair in Carnation (16) with a E-4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook.
The red scarf is created using Lion Brand Suede in Scarlet using a K-10 1/2 (6.5 mm) crochet hook.