Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hi Everyone.
I hope you are all enjoying the summer.

I have been busy writing and crocheting samples for the book. I think you are all going to love the new designs! It' been a lot of hard work but I am having a blast. I'll be able to share more with you soon.

I received two emails this week about the Bella Shrug. It seems that there is some confusion about the assembly once the rectangle is complete. I uploaded a revised version of the PDF to both Ravelry and Craftsy, but I thought I would add the new schematic and revised instructions here also.

Repeat rows 8-11 until the piece measures 27 (28, 29, 30) inches. End with a row 11.

Work 6 rows of sc. Fasten off.

With wrong side facing, fold lengthwise. Measure & pin 8.5 inches on both of the shorter ends to form sleeves.  Seam the ends together using your preferred method. For the sample I used slip stitch crochet. 

I hope that helps clarify the construction. The "cuffs" mentioned in the previous version are simply the 6 rows of sc that are at the beginning and end of the rectangle. If you are still having problems just send me an email. I am basically working two jobs at the moment so it may take me a few days to get back to you, but I will try and answer as quickly as I can.

Finally, I have been reading the George Smiley series by John le Carre on my commute to and from the hospital. It's outstanding. If you love mysteries and thrillers don't miss these wonderful novels. I don't even mind if the trains are delayed because it gives me a few more minutes to read!

More soon...

Happy Crocheting,

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hook me up!

I have a friend who ardently believes that the first actor you see portraying James Bond in a movie will forever be your favorite movie James Bond throughout your life. His philosophy may explain both my preference for Sean Connery and my way of thinking about crochet hooks.

I learned to crochet on a pair of aluminum hooks that were passed on to me by my Aunt. She kept those hooks in a yellow, repurposed chocolate box. Today I keep my aluminum hooks in a green, repurposed glass flower pot I purchased at Goodwill for 15 cents. I tend to favor the same Boye crochet hooks that my aunt favored. I don’t know if it is in the design, or simply a fond childhood memory firmly rooted in my subconscious, but there is something about those hooks that just feels right in my hands.

Hooks have been made from various items over the years. Steel and bone hooks were the most popular from the 1900's until World War II, when rationing and the war effort curtailed hooks being made of steel. Boye introduced their aluminum hooks in 1949. Today you can find hooks in everything from steel, plastic, aluminum, bamboo, rosewood, ebony, clay and several other sources, natural & manmade. A quick search on Etsy will reveal a multitude of artisans creating custom and one of a kind hooks. There are also a growing number of people who collect vintage hooks. Something I have managed to avoid so far, but the quick search I did on eBay for this post made it tempting to start.

The bottom line is that there is no one ideal hook. Try a few out and go with what feels the most comfortable for you. There are no crochet police, so make sure you are always having fun with this! As long as the stitches are coming out okay, how you hold the hook and what material your hook is made of is entirely up to you.

What you choose to make with that hook (and some scrumptious yarn) is also entirely up to you. To help with that portion I'm giving away a copy of the new pattern book, Quick Crocheted Accessories (3 Skeins or Less) by Sharon Zientara


If you would like a chance to win this great new book with some really stunning patterns all you have to do is enter here: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 

Ends the earlier of Jul 12, 2015 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. 

See Official Rules

I will be giving away more books in the future, some crochet, some knitting, some other stuff, so keep checking the blog or follow me on twitter for the latest news regarding my giveaways and your chance to win some fabulous books!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Twitter Sweepstakes

I'm having a sweepstakes and you can have a chance to win a copy of A to Z of Crochet, The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter. Everything you wanted to know about crochet tips, techniques and tools can be found in this book. It is a must have for any crocheter's library.

It's simple to enter. All you have to do is follow me on Twitter! 

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of May 5, 2015 11:59 PM PDT, or when all of the prizes are claimed. See Official Rules