Category Archives:crochet

CAL Check In #2, #3, & #4

I am horrible at remembering to do these, lol. So since I missed check in #2 & #3, I figured I would just throw them in together.

Ok, so I have a total of 6 blocks done. Whew! I laid out the six & realized that to fit a queen size bed like B wants, I am going to need 30 blocks. So I am just rolling along. Once I get one square done, I start another. I can actually finish a square in a little over a day. Would be quicker if that was I all I had to do, lol. I have another that will be finished before this post is posted. *I am typing this on May 24, 2014 & is scheduled to post on May 27, 2014*

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week : Day Four : Conversations Between Workers

Start by writing a few short paragraphs from the point of view of one of the tools you use for your craft. this might be a spinning wheel, crochet hook, pair of scissors or your knitting bag. These first few lines should include a description of this tool’s task and usage. If you are feeling particularly in tune with this item you might assign it feelings.

Then, write a dialogue between yourself and this item. It might describe your relationships, the annoyances that you have felt for this item at some point (or could it have possible ever have felt annoyances with you) and the wonderful work that you have created together.

I can’t believe it I get to have a post. Finally, I get the recognition I deserve! Where would you be without me? I tell you where to start your end stitches, where to add stitches, make increases or decreases. You can’t knit without me very often or least Hev can’t. She uses me to show her where to switch to purls or knits in ribbing, where she needs to start or end her edging stitches. I come in the colors of orange & teal & can open or close to be moved where ever Hev needs me to be.

Hev: Hey, you are supposed to be locked in my knitting, not stealing my computer & writing blog posts!

Stitch Marker: Oops! I got caught. Don’t worry, I have another marker in my place, I wouldn’t let you down.

Hev: Ok, you better not. I don’t want to be knitting when I am supposed to be purling, lol. Jessica would not like the mess up on the ribbing on her blanket.

Stitch Marker: Nope, it is all good.

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014:Day Three: Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers

Every Year Knitting & Crochet Blog Week tries to feature at least one day where photography takes a key role, because it has been proven many times that what captures reader’s attention for the first few seconds to hopefully hold them long enough to invest the time to read your words is your pictures.

It is easy enough to fall into a routine of photographing your finished projects as is – clearly displayed, maybe from a few varying angles, and for a large part of the time these are what blog readers will expect to see, but every now and again it is good to throw in a picture that causes people to linger.

Refresh your skills at creating attention-grabbing pictures. Take your own creativity and run to your camera with your own ideas.

Pineapple Afghan CAL- Post 1

Don’t faint anyone, I have actually managed to crochet two squares. I know it is shocking! LOL, just kidding. Surprisingly, I understand crochet more than I do knitting, but I prefer to knit then crochet. Weird I know, but that is me.

So I made on square & then thought it might be helpful if I took pictures of each round so that you all would see how each round looks. So I did. I would have finished a lot sooner, but I had to wait on some rounds to get enough light for the camera. Towards the end of the rounds the square got too big to fit, with good detail, into the frame. So here you go, from top to bottom, left to right. Each of the rounds photos. You can also click on each photo & view the full-size image. I hope this helps if you were having any problems.


As you all are aware I am a major crafter. I know how to knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt, tat, latch hook, embroidery, & several other crafting skills. Since I am taking part in Jessica’s Pineapple CAL, I have noticed something with my crochet & knitting styles. See the pictures below, the one on the left is my knitting style, & the one on the right is how I crochet. Notice anything odd? I am right-handed also by the way.

I don’t know why I tension the yarn in different hands. Does anyone else tension in opposite hands? I would think that since I tension with my left hand in crochet (first one I learned) I would be able to tension with it for knitting. Nope, every time I try to tension or knit Continental style, I wind up losing my stitches or can’t get the yarn to wrap over the needle correctly. Hence, why I knit English style.

Knitting Ta-Da

Gracye’s Bag of Owls

  • Pattern: my own design
  • Needle: US 7 – 4.5 mm
  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Solids
  • How much used: 1092 yards, 594 grams 3 skeins = 1092.0 yards (998.5m)
  • Color family: Black

You see those photos up there? Yep, that is Grace’s owl bag completed & ready to send. I know I finished knitting it about three months ago, but I was in the middle of moving house, than my father’s wedding (still trying to figure out what he was thinking) followed by the start of tax season. Followed by fighting with my Mom’s (now mine) Sears Kenmore 148.15600 (Model 1560) Sewing Machine. Plus, I was scared to death of the zipper. I had only done one other zipper & that was in Home Etc with my beloved teacher, Betty Ebert, there to walk me through it. Now I was on my own & praying I got it right. Yep, went in without a hitch. So happy with that one. Then came the lining of the bag & then done. Grace left the lining fabric to my choice & I found the green owl fabric at my Michael’s. Took a pic & asked her if this would be cute? She fell in love with it & so it got used. I bought 4 yards of it (I like making sure I have plenty), thinking that if I screwed up completely I would have enough to re-do the lining. Oh, before you tell me that a knitted strap is going to stretch, please notice, that the underside of the strap is lined also (top right photo above). This way the strap won’t stretch & it gives a pop of surprise when it is shown. I picked this tip up from Pinterest about the strap. I used 4.5mm brown safety eyes from 6060 (Etsy shop). I put a total of 32 eyes on this bag. Trust me those safety eyes are not easy to put on, they hurt if you have tender hands. Overall I did have fun making this bag. It was my first time using a pattern that I came up with. Not the owl cables but the other parts of it, I made up. Now to get it to Grace for her to see if she likes it or not.

The Sewing Machine

Mom bought it brand new, taught me to sew on the machine. This machine is all metal & over 30 years old. Kicker? It doesn’t like to be moved & so when you move it, the machine needs to sit to get used to the change of temp. At our old house we didn’t have anywhere to leave it up so it stayed in the case all the time. Since the machine is completely metal *love that* temperate changes effects it. I have it set up in my office & I don’t think it has ever been used so much. B is trying to get me to get a new one, but they are all plastic & I don’t want them. So there is a mild war going on right now between us. My Kenmore is over 32 years old & it still is sewing just fine. I can find all the parts to it & so I don’t feel the need to change machines.

Well, that is about it. Keep watching cause I have a post about the CAL (Crochet A Long) that I am taking part in to type up & the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is coming up on May 12 through May 18th & I will be taking part in that also.