Sunday, December 31, 2006

2006 - A Year in Review

A cold Minnesota January started the year, we had a nice covering of snow, the boys and I would slide down the nearby snow packed hill, and a small 'snow bump' supplied us with the perfect place to show off our daredevil stunts. Hot coco and marshmallows are a staple in my pantry. This is when crocheting for warmth is so logical: hats, scarves, socks, slippers, mittens, sweaters, wraps, and Hot Java Mits (for my Starbucks) were completed this year, among other projects and a few WIPs (Note to Mom, those are works in progress!)

I have always been intrigued with Celtic knot work, this year started off with a few of my favorite creations, some granny squares with a twist.

Celtic Knot Granny Square

Celtic Cross Granny Square

In February of 2006, I was featured as the Minnesota Blog of the Day on City Pages website, my first piece of “press”, that was pretty cool. In March 2006 I found out one of my crochet designs was accepted by Vickie Howell to be in her upcoming crochet book, Catwalk Crochet. So cool, Vickie is cutting edge, inovative and I'm proud to be (a very tiny) part of her upcoming book.

In 2006, I’ve started to expand my collection of custom carved wood crochet hooks.
My first Jimbo hook

My Brainsbarn hooks

In March of 2006, I offered my Rasta Tam Crochet Pattern and it has been by far the biggest hit generator from Crochet Pattern Central, thanks to Rachel, the site owner.

The Rasta Tam

The Hot Pink Bracelet Purse

The Hot Pink Bracelet Purse is also a big hit, I made more of these than any single crochet item, ever. I have to admit, not all were done in hot pink, I made several little black ones and accented with beads and ribbons.

By far, the highlight of 2006 was flying to Burbank, California in August 2006, meeting up with Amie of NexStitch and The Crochet Dude and shooting 3 episodes of the DIY show Uncommon Threads. This was a dream come true for a begining designer. Allison Whitlock was so kind and made us feel like old friends. The shows will air in 2007.


Amie, me, and Drew
at the Stage Door at Screen Door Entertainment Studios in
Burbank, California


I get the most satisfaction when I crochet for charity. I was really pleased with this year's project for Warm Up America. I went to the VA Hospital in Minneapolis and donated 10 afghans in December, all made with tender loving hands by my WUA group (we meet at the Apple Valley, Minnesota JoAnn's store) Judy, Louise, Bea, Sue G., Sally, Alice, Carolyn, Sue T., and Cuong have all shown devoted and skilled work. I'm very proud to be a part of this group.

My Warm Up America Project for 2006

In 2006 I have been fortunate enough to meet a great group of crochet folks, who share the love of crochet and yarn, and being friends on-line. I have met friends from New York City to California, to Argentina, Japan, Norway, Philippines, and Russia! The fellowship and instant bond of crocheters is passionate, sometimes fanatical and obsessive, but always a healthy form of creativity. We can relate to each other in a way that others cannot. To all who've shared a moment with me, on-line, off-line, in groups, in passing, and any other means, I wish you all peace and happiness in the New Year.

I'd like to leave this final post of 2006 with pictures of my ROAKs. This was a new word for me this year, and Random Acts of Kindness became a worldwide gesture.

From Mimi from the Philippines

From Vik from Bouines Aries, Argentina

From Michelle from Greenville, NC


Monday, December 11, 2006

Warm Up America Project 2006

I just got back from the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis and donated 10 Warm Up America afghans! The volunteer team at the V.A. are a FANTASTIC group of folks, everyone was so nice and very appreciative...I feel good - I warmed somebody up today!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Mary Jane Slippers



Here is my first pair of Mary Jane Slippers. I love the way they turned out. I found a pattern on-line at Craftster but had to modify it a bit. I have hideously huge feet, but Mary Janes make my feet look a little bit smaller. The cute crochet pattern is more feminine than my previous slipper pattern, (which was very plain and very boring!) I plan to make a few more for myself and for Christmas gifts. I can see using some left over fun fur for a trim, maybe a crisp white cotton pair with picot edges, maybe a silk ribbon weaved around the top with a cute little bow tie on the side of the strap, the possibilities are endless!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Mail from Argentina!


Imagine my surprise when I received mail from Buenos Aires, Argentina!! This special package warmed my heart. Vik from http://www.like-grandma.blogspot.com/
is a fantastic knitter and crocheter, plays host to traveling folks who “google her” and then visit Argentina. Vik is a shinning example of sweetness, check out her blog and her projects! Her comments are always so encouraging and supportive, to everyone.

This every elegant Crochet Christmas Tree Ornament by Vik will hold a special spot this Christmas. Vik penned the sweetest poem, which I plan to honor. I have a feeling Vik may have sent a few others, so "at half past 3 on Christmas day, I will make a cup of tea" and there may be a group of crocheters, from around the world, thinking of each other, relishing in the fact that no matter how far away we are, we are friends, connected by the love of crochet.

Thank you Vik, you are a true sweet heart.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

See a need - fill a need!


Introducing The Mini Duffel!
I designed a full size duffel bag/barrel bag purse for my future crochet pattern book, but I saw a mini version over and over in my head (mainly because I needed a case to hold my oversized sunglasses.) See a need - fill a need. So my latest crochet pattern offering is the Mini Duffel. I’m thrilled with how it came out because it has enough freedom for crocheters to embellish it. This design is simple but super effective. The fact that it is sized to hold crochet hooks is also a bonus; carry your hooks, little scissors, tape measure, all the essentials! This will be a great little Christmas gift too!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Helmet Liners for our troops

*Update to Post*
This is a picture of me and my mom Audrey, holding our helmet liners.
Mom's is knit with some fancy ribbing, both are made of wool.



Helmet Liners for our Troops

http://www.geocities.com/helmetliner/

I felt this overwhelming need to add to my charity work (my main one is Warm Up America www.warmupamerica.com ) so my Mom and I decided to make a few of the helmet liners for our troops. My Mom knits, I crochet, and both patterns on that site need some refining. I emailed the organization for the helmet liners, but the lady who answered my email cannot crochet and she had no updates or changes to the crochet pattern. I ended up finishing it, adjusting the pattern a bit.

Here is a picture of my very simple helmet liner, nothing fancy, but for the military folks facing harsh winters across the world, I don’t think they want scalloped edges, cables or fancy embellishments. I need to say I DO NOT SUPPORT WAR but I DO support our troops.
Here is the pattern; I did not test it, anyone interested in testing this pattern for me?

Materials:
Size K/10 ½ (6.5mm) crochet hook and 100% wool yarn, I used Patons Classic Wool Merino in Deep Olive, approx. 1 ¼ skeins, (each skein is 223 yards, so approx. 279 yards)

NOTE from the website: The headgear our military issues are made of synthetic fibers and our troops are still cold. Use soft 100% worsted weight wool yarn, wool wicks away moisture and is non-flammable. The temperatures they endure are below zero in Iraq, Afghanistan, S. Korea and Kosovo.

Round 1: with yarn, form a ring around your finger, work 6 scs in ring then pull tail to tighten circle (note: there is no turning ch and no joining rounds)
Round 2: 2 scs in each of the next 6 sts (12 total sts)
Round 3: *sc in next st, 2 scs in next st* repeat * to * 6 times (18 total sts)
Round 4: *sc in next 2 sts, 2 scs in next st* repeat * to * 6 times (24 total sts)
Round 5: *sc in next 3 sts, 2 scs in next st* repeat * to * 6 times (30 total sts)
Round 6: *sc in next 4 sts, 2 scs in next st* repeat * to * 6 times (36 total sts)
Round 7: *sc in next 5 sts, 2 scs in next st* repeat * to * 6 times (42 total sts)
Round 8: *sc in next 6 sts, 2 scs in next st* repeat * to * 6 times (48 total sts)
Round 9: *sc in next 7 sts, 2 scs in next st* repeat * to * 6 times (54 total sts)
Round 10: *sc in next 8 sts, 2 scs in next st* repeat * to * 6 times (60 total sts)
Round 11: *sc in next 9 sts, 2 scs in next st* repeat * to * 6 times (66 total sts)
Round 12: *sc in next 10 sts, 2 scs in next st* repeat * to * 6 times (72 total sts)
This is the flat top of the helmet liner, measures approx. 7” across.
Rounds 13–25: sc in each st working in rounds, no turning chain and no joining. This is the side of the helmet liner, measures approx. 4” down from the top.
Round 26: for eye hole, measure at least 7 inches in front, place a marker/pin, count the stitches you will skip which is approx 25 sts, then chain 27, attach chain to marker/pin at 7” mark and sc each st, then cont. to Round 27.
Rounds 27-34:
continue sc each st, remember no turning ch, no joining (which sometimes can get hard to tell what round your on, so have stitch markers handy if you'd like.)
Rounds 35-37:
sc until you reach the middle of the helmet liner, decrease 2 times, by working 2 sctog twice (this is for chin) in the middle of front of hat, then cont. sc each st (sorry this is so vague, use your tape measure to find the middle.)
Rounds 38 – 56: Continue sc around until piece measures 9 inches from eye hole to bottom of helmet liner. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Please note, I did not test this pattern, anyone interested in testing this pattern for me?

Send completed helmet liners to:

Helmetliner
P.O. Box 236
Auburn, IL 62615

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The perfect yarn holder

This little bamboo handled sewing basket is the perfect yarn holder!

I inherited this little antique sewing basket from my older sister Sue, who got it from my Mom, which (I think) came from my Grandmother Rose Luedke. It is just big enough to fit a skein of yarn and the handle slips over my wrist for “portability”. I have a tendency to “roam” with my projects, usually to be closer to where ever my boys are playing! I'm curious, when you crochet or knit, do you stay in one spot or roam like me?

(BTW -this project happens to be a "testing version" of Maude, in brown. YUM!)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Knotty Cable Cardi Ver. 2.0

Even though the picture makes the yarn look blue, this is purple. This is one of my original designs, The Knotty Cable Cardi (Ver. 2.0) After scrutinizing the original design, I thought I’d change the shape, instead of a “swing” with a loose fit and a bit of a flare at the waist, I refined the body shape and made it close-fitting, hugging the waist, BUT GUESS WHAT? I like the original design better!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll have plenty of designs that hug your curves and accentuate the positive, but this cardi looks better with a bit of movement around the middle, allowing the cables more freedom, and best done in a lighter color to emphasize the shadows of the cables.

So imagine how pleased I was when after choosing purple yarn and just completing my purple Knotty Cable Cardi to read this PURPLE HAZE...

Clothing designers are driven by trends, inspired by trade show trend reports and trend forecasts. This season’s trend report included forecasts of violets, purples, and bordeaux. Purple is a fabulously rich color, but don’t carry it too far, use it as an accents or just one piece of your outfit. So purple will show up again, but just knot this design!

Setting in sleeves

Setting in sleeves:
High tech?
Low tech?
No tech?

Aw heck, they’re binder clips! Yep, binder clips to help me set in my sleeves.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Knotty Cable Cardi

The Knotty Cable Cardi

The body length of this simple cardi design is waist length with a bit of a "swing", but has the option of hip length, the raglan sleeves are worked from shoulder down to allow the option of 3/4 sleeve or full sleeve with cuff options as well, and a very simple neckline to allow the cables to be the "star". One simple funky button closure makes this an everyday favorite! The pattern is "in-testing" now and hopefully will be available soon (along with Maude who's also "in-testing".)

With fall weather fast approaching,
I love the feel of a soft snuggly sweater!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Warm Up America project


I have been volunteering for Warm Up America www.warmupamerica.com for about 3 years now. Crocheters and knitters donate their time to crochet and knit 7" x 9" rectangles and then our group joins them together to make afghans, then we deliver the completed afghans to woman’s shelters and homeless shelters around the Twin Cities area. I meet with a wonderful group in Apple Valley, Minnesota, at the Joanne’s store on Cty. Road 42. We meet the first Wednesday of the month from 10am to 12 noon (just in case any Minnesota readers are interested in joining!)

My very first afghan took me so long to do, but was soooo worth it! Check out my very first blog post, on April 20, 2005, featuring my finished Warm Up America afghan. I was pretty proud. I’ve helped make probably 100 more afghans since.

In the top picture is a pile of donated squares, all in red, white and blue. This pile is turning into a “lap-ghan” that looks like an American flag. I’m crocheting the little white stars to sew on and will put an edge of either red, white or blue on it to finish it off. This lap-ghan is hopefully designated to go to the V.A. hospital in Minneapolis.

If you have a lot of yarn in your stash and know of a Warm Up America group in your area, I encourage you to donate either your yarn or completed 7"x9" squares, or better yet, join the group!!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Coral Cables

I don’t want to give away too much but I’m almost finished with this revamped design. Originally this was a design for my book, I pulled it out of the line-up, changed it a bit, and now I hope to offer the pattern on-line for sale. This was "Anne of Green Cables" and it was in a dark green, chunky yarn, but I decieded I LOVED the color coral!

It is a beautiful, timeless design that will appeal to the intermediate crocheter. It features a fantastic cable pattern, fairly simple shaping, and a big hook and yummy yarn that will “work up quick”. Once the design is completed and tested, I'll post more details. This design will also be part of the Funky Girl Sweater Sets and have a matching camisole/tank top.

Did I ever tell ya how much I LOVE YARN?!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Uncommon Threads - Taping in LA

Our Dressing Room!
Amie, Judy (our Producer)and me
For the last 3 months, we’ve worked on specific projects for the show; we’ve broken down our projects for easy demonstration (called step-outs) and basic scripting for conversation during the taping. All that changed the morning we starting taping, but it all worked out pretty darn cool I’d say. Some projects were totally cut from the line-up, which I was OK with (as mine was super small) BUT Amie had a project cut that was extremely time consuming, so I felt really bad for her. All in all, I think we had a great taping, a great director and producer, who allowed us to do a bit of “show and tell” to showcase our crochet designs (hoping this will direct some traffic to our websites for business.)

Working on step-outs before taping, I'm a little nervous here.
Just before we were going to start taping, one of my skeins of yarn got tangled, and Dave, one of the props guys, jumped in and untangled my yarn, gotta love that! He also would re-thread the sewing machine for Allison between “takes”. I’ve decided I’d like a props person around the house, for when I need a little extra help…oh…wait a minute, that’s only in Hollywood.

Dave in from the props dept. untangles my yarn
Yes, our days were long, averaging around 12 hours. We had some down time, got to met another group filming a sewing episode. I LOVED to talk with Jane, the wardrobe guru. She gave me some valuable advice and I plan on following through with her advice on getting a professional haircut. You see, my husband Scott has cut my hair for the last 8 years, just an inch off the bottom every 6 months or so. But it is time to get a ’new do’ I think. I’ve had this hair style for almost a decade. Yep, 10 years, just pull it back, tie it on top, rat and spray. Time to upgrade, hey, I’ve just got back from LA where everyone is beautiful!

Here I am on the set (in the coral shirt) with the crew


Here we are on TV!
Drew, Allison, Amie and me


Here we are showing our bags for one episode. Not sure if we can show our designs, so the bags are blurred, to protect the innocent.
Amie, me and Drew

We are all on set, Allison is demoing some sewing. We look enthralled!

During my travels, I took the opportunity to meet some folks. I met an array of characters; I had layovers each way so I had a total of 4 flights, that’s a lot of people to meet! I had a layover in Phoenix on my way out to LA and I met a nun from India, who looked like a younger version of Mother Teresa. She was traveling from Phoenix to New York, to London, to her home in India to see her dying mother. She told me her story and I starting crying, she gave me a big hug and we wished each other safe travels. I also met a Navy officer from San Diego, on “leave” to go home to Wisconsin, we talked about the military life, as my husband Scott’s brother Steve is in the military and was stationed in San Diego. We also agreed that growing up in the Midwest allows us to easily talk strangers; I told him I talk to everyone, strange or not. I also sat next to a couple from Watts, which is a rough suburb of Los Angeles. They were flying for the very first time, going gambling in Vegas. We talked for a long time about turbulence. They didn’t like turbulence, but liked getting drinks on the plane.

Back in Minnesota, life is just the same, but I feel different. I feel like I've just had every crochet designers fairy tale dream come true, to be on a craft show that features crochet. I will be forever grateful to Amie for bringing me along on this great adventure, I'm thrilled to have met The Crochet Dude, Drew Emborsky. I will cherish every crazy moment and every stress filled rehearsal.

Stay tuned to find out when the 3 epsoides will air on the DIY channel!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Uncommon Threads - First Day



Allison Whitlock - The host of Uncommon Threads


OMGOSH – I’m posting from downtown Burbank, California!

Just to remind you dear readers, I’m an at-home-Mom from Minnesota pursing a crochet design career, and got my 2nd big break by being on the show Uncommon Threads, thanks to Amie of NexStitch. We just finished shooting 2 episodes of Uncommon Threads today, after a day of rehearsals yesterday, and with our FABULOUS HOST Allison Whitlock! Life is crazy here, a totally different lifestyle, the pace is crazy fast and shooting a craft show is probably one of the most incredible experiences of my crochet designer career. Yes it is true it is not all GLAMOR but dang, we have wardrobe people, make-up artist, production assistances, props guys, a super cool studio, awesome show set, we have our own dressing room, and hey, even DAVE the super cool props guy untangled my yarn for me! Our producer Judy juggles more than I can imagine, Gordon our director know his &%$# and the camera guys are awesome! Granted we had a few changes in what we were expecting, (to demo and show) but the pace is so fast and things change in a second, you’ve gotta go with the flow or you’ll get left behind! I've gotta get some sleep or I’ll miss our morning call time, we’ve got one for show to rehearse and shoot, then I’m taking the red-eye flight home, via Las Vegas, to Minnesota.

I’ll post more details once I get home and download my pics.I’m having a blast, Amie and Drew are fantastic crochets, I’m honored to be in such company.

Life is so totally good in LA!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Two Days to L.A.

OK, I’ve got 2 days until I fly out to California (Los Angeles to be specific, actually Burbank, you know, close to Hollywood!)

My purpose? To film 3 episodes for Uncommon Threads. I am learning a lot about myself while I’m packing. Here is my List:

  1. I own a ton of black shoes.
  2. I dress in such drab colors that I could be a funeral director’s secretary.
  3. All the zippers on my suitcase are broken.
  4. I don’t understand the term “pack light”. Not in my dictionary.
  5. I will not fit a lot of yarn in a small space, even if I sit on it.
  6. Bungee cords work wonders.
  7. No sharp objects on the plane. Thank goodness I’ve got a crochet gig in LA, VS. a knitting gig. Knitting Needles are still viewed as weapons by most major airlines. Hummm, Grandma Terrorist, and as I type that I'm added to the “Monitor List” at the FBI.
  8. I’d like to hire someone to scrub my kitchen floor (hey wait a minute, that has nothing to do with packing, this post or the show)

I also learned that I have Teflon grey hair (actually like 5 strands of Teflon grey hair) So I might be forced to use a black magic-marker on the few rebel strands, cuz hair dye doesn’t touch it. This is funny b ecause years ago I used “White-Out” to touch up a pair of scuffed white go-go boots, so why can’t I use a black magic-marker on my grey hair, it does the same (temporary) thing?

I rest my case, a girl's gotta do what a girls gotta do and I've got 2 days to L.A.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

BrainsBarn Custom Wooden Crochet Hooks


My breath was taken away when I opened a very special package today. I just received 2 hooks from BrainsBarn handcrafted wooden crochet hooks of exotic hardwoods. I literally gasped as I unwrapped them. The hook on the right is size K, made of Chakte Kok, elegantly turned with tear drop bead. The hook on the left is size G, made of Boccote with a captive ring. I’ve admired from afar, now they are actually here, not 1 but 2! My smile is a mile wide. It is hard for non-crochet folks to understand, but they are some of the most beautiful peices of craved wood, I'm in awe. Only the finest yarn will touch these hooks.

My obsession with fine hooks began when I received my Grandmother’s antique bone hook, then I became the proud owner of a Jimbo Hook and now my newest additions from BriansBarn.

Life is so good!

**check out Amie's newest hooks at NexBlog

Monday, July 31, 2006

Desperately Needed Upgrade!

10 days to LA!

For any new visitors to my blog, I’m flying out to Los Angeles to tape 3 episodes of Uncommon Threads a craft show on the DIY channel. The folks at Screen Door Entertainment produce Uncommon Threads and Knitty Gritty, with host Vickie Howell as well as a few other super cool shows on DIY. I have been working on this for about 3 months, and will appear with Amie from NexStitch and Drew, AKA The Crochet Dude

I’m thinking about how I'm going to transport all of my crochet "stuff” to LA. So I dug around for some luggage, old carriers, duffel bags, and I found an old treasure from my younger (and wilder) days! Yes, dear readers, years ago, in the late 80's, I tried to play the drums, I was really bad, eventually sold my drum set to pay rent. Coincidence or not, but I was in and around LA back then (actually Santa Ana in "So Cal". I moved back to Minnesota, left my dream of being a drummer in a rock band, BUT I kept one of my beat up old drum cases.

Yep, this is one of my drum cases (corney stickers and all) and it will haul my crochet stuff out to LA in 10 days! Yarn in a drum case? Hauling around my crochet stuff in style? Maybe I can find a desperately needed upgrade when I'm in LA!

Friday, July 28, 2006

12 days to LA!!

The count down has begun; I have 12 days until I fly to LA to film 3 episodes of Uncommon Threads (NOTE to MY MOM; click on this link, this takes you to the DIY show listings, I’m not on there yet, but it is a real show on a real network, trust me, this is for real!)

Just to clarify that Note to MY MOM, she wasn’t’ sure if the show was legit and it may be folks just cruising the net to get free crochet patterns from unwittingly gullible crochet designers. She is just looking out for her baby, she says, “don’t sign your designs away to someone else” …well Mom, I did…just to get on TV….hope that is OK with you….did I tell ya I’m going to be on TV?!!

Eye Candy Above - I bought this burnt orange and brown shirt and hope to wear it on one of the episodes. I’m starting to put together outfits for taping, we have 3 shows, and they recommend we bring 5 outfits, so they can help pick and choose. What I think looks great might make me look like a 60’s hippie in a time warp, but then my other outfit makes me look like an office secretary from 1985, so where is my happy medium? I need to hire a ‘stylist’, ASAP!!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Mimi From Crochet and Other Stuff



I am thoroughly amazed and thrilled to have created such wonderful friendships via blogging and the love of crochet. Yesterday in my mailbox was an air mail letter from the Philippines (yes the Philippines!!) My on-line friend Mimi from at Crochet and Other Stuff created this beautiful initial P for me. I’m so thrilled and honored; I’m still WOWed by this, such a sweet gesture from such a talented crocheter, and half way across the world! This beautiful work of art is now displayed on top of my craft desk, so I can look at it all the time and be reminded how great friendship is, world wide.

Thank You Mimi – you are so talented and so sweet!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Circle Pendant Necklace


This is so easy to make and if you use left over yarn from your stash, with just the cost of the pendant, it is easily under $5.00! I originally made this necklace over a year ago, every time I wear the teal one, I get compliments. When I say, “I made this myself” the usual response is “no way!” Well…”yes way!” Now go dig through your yarn stash, pick your fav color and make this circle pendant necklace! Make it choker length, or a little longer, either length, this is funky cool!

Circle Pendant Necklace

Materials:
- Craft/jewelry circle pendant found at most craft stores for under $5.00.
- Any left over yarn, I used a sport weight for the teal circle necklace, and did hdc st, and for the black circle necklace I used a cotton yarn with a sc. The yarn amount depends on the desired length of necklace, for choker length, you don’t need much.
- Crochet hook – for sport weight yarn I used a D, cotton yarn I used a G.

Step 1 – Attach yarn from center of circle with a knot
Step 2 - do 2 sc around circle's center to secure yarn to begin 1st strap
Step 3 – ch 2, hdc 2, ch 2, turn
(*you can also do a sc, and ch 1 for turning chain)
Step 4 – repeat row of *hdc 2, ch2, turn* until it reaches 6 ½” to 7” for choker length
(*you can also make this necklace longer, just add more rows here)
Step 5 – fasten off and weave in ends
Step 6 – attach yarn as in Step 1, for the other strap
Step 7 – repeat steps 2-4. If you want to have a button closure, you need to make a button
hole, and this is super easy! At the end of last row, ch 4, then skip 2 sts, and sl st to
last st in row, if using sport weight ch 2, hdc back over the chain to widen the top of the
button hole, and then fasten off, weave in ends
Step 8 – Sew on a little button on opposite strap of strap with button hole.
(*you can also use Velcro as a closure, or leave tails and tie it in a bow)

____Addition to Post on 01-31-07________
I had a request to re-explain Step 1, thought I'd add a picture to help you visualize it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Yep, I still look 40



Today I turned 41...I know, I don't look a day over 40.

I read my post from last year, when I turned the big 4-0 and it seems pretty much the same this year (minus the trip on the Harley.) I'm hanging out with my boys, Drew is 5, Tyler is 3 and we are playing army guys, swimming in the pool, eating PB & J's, all the good things in life. I've had a good year. I'm blessed with an awesome husband who supports my hobby/career, my kids are sweetness all wrapped up in sticky candy fingers, my extended family couldn't be more supportive, loving, and FUN! My dear friends from years back, always make me laugh and my new friends accept me for my quirky self.

So cheers to everyone in my life who've helped me make this a great year.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

O Ring Cami

Here she is, the O Ring Cami!

Here is what came of my "basket of goodies." She's light, airy and hugs your curves. I LOVE the lightness this thread provides, but I'm going to test my newest design again, with a thicker thread (or another type of yarn) because this thread is just too small to work with, in my opinion. Seems like it took forever to get done and I'm the inpatient type, I want my projects to work up quick!

This summer cami is a top trend this season, white is a HOT color right now. Metallic yarn is a hot trend this summer too, so the possibilities are endless! Normally I don't post my designs because they are all for my upcoming book, but I need to fund my yarn budget, so this pattern will be available soon, for sale. Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

An offer I couldn’t refuse!



Amie from NexStitch (check out her super cool crochet patterns and her blog ) emailed me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

There was a producer of a TV showing pursuing Amie to be on a new craft show on the DIY channel called Uncommon Threads

Then the producer asked if she knew any crochet designers who could be on the show(s) also, well bless Amie’s dear heart, she emailed me the offer I couldn’t refuse and we ran with it!! I can’t give out any details on what we’ve designed, but it’s all so totally cool, I don't think its ever been done before, we are breaking new ground and it's HOT!! I think we are really close to getting the final OK, they loved all the ideas we’ve put out. Sounds as if the filming is for 3 shows and will be in LA with a production company name Screen Door Entertainment sometime in August or September, and air time to TBD.

This sounds like a totally cool new show on the DIY channel, by the same folks that produce the awesome knitting show, Knitty Gritty with the super sweet Vickie Howell.

So my dear friends, I'm dreaming of LA sometime late this summer, hoping to demonstrate an origianl crochet design (or two) on TV. I can't believe how cool this is...life is so totally good.