Friday, February 24, 2017

Tudor Rose Blanket

Being a bit of a History nut, I have always loved the Tudor Rose and the story behind it. It was actually a bit of early propaganda, popping up everywhere to reassure the English that the monarchy was once again settled, happy, and prosperous. It was a very welcome symbol for a people that had grown very weary of wars and the throne changing hands quite frequently. Henry VII commissioned the Tudor Rose - a marriage of the Red Rose of Lancaster and the White Rose of York - and he saw that it was set into architecture, stained glass, and more. It made its appearances throughout the Tudor Dynasty, still visible today on the chest of every Beefeater. Here it is again in crochet form!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Knitting Treasure Trove

It is always a pleasure when my neighbor, a very kind elderly lady called Lilian Ponders, knocks on my door. I have never had such good neighbors in my life- kind and friendly and helpful. Lily, as we call her, lives with her sister who is just older than her, and her daughter, Rebecca, who is my age. Rebecca has cerebral palsy. Lily has devoted her life to caring for her youngest child, so it is not really surprising that she is giving and thoughtful to everyone. Whenever she makes vegetable soup, she brings me some, as she knows how much I love my veggies. When I get in the mood to bake something, I put half of it off on her so the calories are spread around more reasonably. In the summer I cut her grass when I am cutting mine. She lets me borrow her hedge clippers. She knows where my shovel is kept and is welcome to use it anytime. We've built tomato cages together and helped each other clean up the yards after a storm. And her sister, Lena, is always full of good gossip and can always make me laugh. Just really good neighbors.

This morning she had an extra special kind of gift, and I think she didn't know just what a treasure she had found. She has picked up yarn for me at yard sales before. She tries to refuse the few dollars repayment, but we both know I will insist until she does. This morning, however, she had a box of stuff and I could see knitting needles poking out and I got really excited. Her $1 yard sale find, she claimed. I am not sure I believe her that it cost so little. I think she has outsmarted me at last.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Labradoodle Blankie Buddy

A handsome hybrid of the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle, the Labradoodle is known for its intelligence and friendliness. Often used as guide dogs, the Labradoodle is also a popular choice as a family dog, often for its hypo-allergenic fur.

This pattern is a fun mix of textures and stitches, curly and wavy and shaggy in turns. Included in this pattern are bonus parts to turn your blankie into a Goldendoodle, another beloved Poodle hybrid. 

Difficulty Rating:
Crochet Terms: American
Language: English
Finished Size: 28 inches tall
Skill Level: Intermediate +
In-Line Color Changes: none
Shaping: minimal
Sewing: some
# of Pages: 11
# of Images: 31
Also includes: Extra parts to make your Doodle a Golden, 
chart for the stitch used on the Blanket, 
Photo Tutorial for the Loop Stitch

#4 Medium Weight Yarn in:
·         MC – main color – 530yds
·         Nose/Paw Pad Color – 20yards
·         Small amounts of: white, 
eye color, and optional lighter 
and/or darker shades of MC
Crochet Hooks:
·         E/3 3.50mm
·         G/6 4.00mm
·         I/9 5.50mm
Tapestry Needle

Long Straight Pins

Stitches Used:


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

No No Yes Yes Baby

Based on the adorably simple drawing of a baby in the Leslie Patricelli board books. The first book to catch our attention was No No Yes Yes, though there are many more and most feature this cute little almost-naked baby with a world of expressions, exploring and learning little life lessons. This baby, coupled with a book or two, makes a fantastic baby shower or 1st birthday gift. 

Difficulty Rating: 
Crochet Terms: American
Language: English
Finished Size: 7 inches tall, seated. 10 inches tall, standing
Skill Level: Easy
In-Line Color Changes: n/a
Shaping: none
Sewing: minimal
# of Pages: 3
# of Images: 6

#4 Medium Weight Yarn in:
·         Flesh Color (A) 50yards
·         Diaper Color (B) 8yards
Crochet Hook:
·         E/5 3.50mm
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Marker
Black Embroidery Thread
Blusher/Chalk to make rosy cheeks

Optional: Felt, paint, or other colors of embroidery thread to make alternate faces
Stitches Used:
American Crochet Terms
MR – Magic Ring or Circle
Sc – single crochet
Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
Slst – slip stitch
Ch – chain
Sk - skip
BLO/FLO – back/front loop only
InvDec - Invisible Decrease:  Sc2tog by working into the front loops only to create a less bulky decrease.
Bpdc – back post double crochet
Dtr – double treble (YO 3 times)
FO – finish off

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Skipped Cables Fix

 Working nonstop on the last couple of Christmas gifts.... so close to beginning the crown on this hat when I think 'hmmm... I should check the pattern to see where I stop.'

I should have checked the pattern long before because 2 rows back I failed to put in the cables. I was concentrating so hard on the more intricate cables, that simple little C6F to the side was neglected.

*Brief Panic*

Okay. I have done this before. It was a cable that I crossed the wrong way and had to go back and fix. Not like I had a great deal of experience with this, but I knew I could do it. Since I managed it successfully, I thought I'd share here. (I am sure there are other places online to show you how to do this and probably even better, but that does not allow me the opportunity to procrastinate.)